Thursday, March 23, 2017

Android O Developer Preview 1: What's New

Google released a beta version of the new release of Android. The Android O download is dedicated exclusively to developers and relatively free from visible innovations. Beneath the surface, however, the code is in full swing, just as it had done with Android N in 2016. This year Google has chosen in March to provide a glimpse of the next major release of its OS for mobile gadget.

With Android O, the Americans are hopeful that "O" in the end will stand for "Oreo". Android O puts a lot of irons in the fire especially in terms of optimizations and internal changes, while end users at the time will think about a possible, yet another revolution on the GUI front.

The Android O Developer Preview is specifically dedicated to app developers, and to further emphasize the point this time Google has decided to change the method of distribution of the code. The preview of the new OS is not yet available on the Beta channel.

For testing your code you will have to manually download the ROM of Android O and install it in place of the firmware of one of the enabled test devices like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C or emulator.

Mountain View says that it is keen to receive feedback from developers on the next release of Android, whose innovations include restrictions on the operation of the app running in the background with potentially significant savings in terms of energy consumption, the grouping of notifications in channels and well-defined categories (policy, technology and so on), the picture-in-picture mode for video, multi-display support, keyboard navigation (physical), improved interoperability for calling apps and more adaptable icons.

Android 8 will implement some of the more recent basic technological innovations like high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs, new features for wireless networks WiFi standards (such as Wi-Fi Aware) APIs of Java 8 and more. The runtime of Android is now faster than ever with twice higher performance in some benchmarks, says Google, while some of the implementations like multi-monitor support and keyboard in particular seem especially designed to facilitate support for new devices based on Android gadgets or addicted to the Chrome OS Internet.

How long will we wait to test the sweet new Android or even on common user phones? Google does not provide details, but it is certain that the next I/O conference traditionally held in May will give ample space to the new mobile system. Not that end-users are so eager to have the latest Android in the hands as Android Nougat 7 is currently installed only on 2.8% devices in circulation.